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Tips For Avoiding Employment Law Violations

Employment law disputes can represent a major problem for businesses, as these issues can result in expensive lawsuits. Preventing these issues from arising will require implementing a few steps to avoid some of the more common employment law problems that can besiege companies.

Ensure Hiring Managers Undergo Extensive Training

The hiring process can represent one of the more common sources of employment law issues. In particular, this can lead to instances of unlawful discrimination.

Preventing this will require your hiring managers to undergo extensive training so that they understand the factors that can not be included in a hiring decision, questions to avoid asking, and other steps that can avoid either intentional or unintentional hiring discrimination. Ideally, these managers should be periodically required to review this training to avoid forgetting key facts or developing improper practices. 

Avoid Discussing Terminated Employees Or Disciplinary Actions

Firing or otherwise terminating an employee can be a painful experience. However, it can also be a risky endeavor for a business.

Making the mistake of discussing the specifics surrounding the employee's case can open you to lawsuits for slander or libel. While these lawsuits may not always be successful, they will still require sizable resources to defend. Instituting a blanket policy that forbids your managers from discussing these cases can help to shield your enterprise against these legal actions.

Be Aware Of Your Obligations For Providing Workers' Compensation Coverage

Workplace injuries are a common problem that can result in major expenses and missed wages for employees. Worker's compensation insurance protects workers and businesses from the issues that can follow these injuries.

However, the laws concerning the requirement to carry this insurance are not always uniform across states and industries. It will be necessary to closely review the laws for your state to determine the implications these regulations have for your enterprise.

Failure to comply with this can lead to your enterprise being directly responsible for the sizable costs of treating serious injuries.

Have A Zero-Tolerance Policy For Retaliation From Managers

When employees need to file worker's compensation claims, discrimination complaints, or other serious reports, they may be concerned about the threat of retaliation from management. If this occurs, your company could face serious legal liabilities that could result in large verdicts against the company.

Furthermore, this culture may contribute to other violations that could expose you to the risk of lawsuits. Implementing a zero-tolerance policy for management that engages in retaliation can help to limit this risk while promoting a culture that allows for serious internal problems to be more easily noticed and addressed.

For more information, contact an employment law office such as the Law Offices of Terry K. Davis.